Pope Francis ends South Korea trip with overture to China
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis said Asian governments should not fear Christians who did not want to “come as conquerors” — a message clearly targeted at countries including China, North Korea and Vietnam.
Rodman ‘sorry,’ unable to aid imprisoned missionary
(RNS) At the end of his fourth trip to North Korea over the past 12 months, Rodman said, “I’m sorry that I couldn’t do anything,” when asked if had raised Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s case with leader Kim Jong Un.
Africa rises, China falls on Christian persecution list
(RNS) The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in Africa in 2012 as a result of power gains by radical Islamists, according to Open Doors, a Christian missionary organization which publishes an annual list of offending nations. By Lauren Markoe.